On March 25, the Vietnam Association for Women Entrepreneurs (VAWE) held a seminar on female business leadership and green growth with the Vietnam Women Entrepreneurs Council, a part of the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI).
The event saw the participation of representatives from 31 women's associations from across the country. The seminar's aim was to promote sustainable growth and development within the female-led business community in Vietnam and share developments in sustainable practices and integrating environmental, social, and corporate governance (ESG).
The conference was part of a larger sustainable business development initiative, officially launched by VAWE in 2022, that focuses on reducing emissions and negative impacts on the environment and society, as well as integrating ESG into corporate values.
In attendance was Ton Ngoc Hanh, vice chairwoman of the Vietnam Women's Union, who said, "This seminar encourages a spirit of responsibility in Vietnam's female business community, showing the commitment and determination of everyone here to join hands with the government in achieving the goal of green growth, and to contribute effectively to sustainable development in the country. "
Nguyen Quang Vinh, vice president of the Vietnam Federation of Commerce and Industry (VCCI) and chairman of the Council for Sustainable Development (VBCSD) emphasised the importance of integrating ESG and gender equality into the VCCI's sustainable development goals and helping to promote more sustainable businesses.
He said, "The business community, including businesses owned by women, is an important force in the implementation process of the sustainable development goals in Vietnam. They can implement corporate social responsibility initiatives to protect the environment and produce green, clean, quality products and services. They have also created new trends of consumption, built a harmonious and equal working environment, and promoted gender equality at work."
Speaking for the private sector, Ha Thu Thanh, vice-president of VAWE and president of Deloitte Vietnam, said, "Entrepreneurs play a key role in fighting climate change, reducing carbon waste, and managing companies according to best practices. Besides these roles, Vietnamese businesswomen have also pioneered corporate social responsibility activities related to gender equality in their workplaces."
"Through solidarity the promotion of the talent and intelligence of Vietnamese businesswoman in economic development, VAWE aims to raise awareness and support sustainable business strategies. Steady growth is associated with green growth, and we aim to meet the goals of progress," she added.
The ambassadors of Singapore and New Zealand also shared their views on green growth and social values achieved through gender equality activities with Vietnamese businesswomen.
The seminar ended with a discussion and a performance showing the commitment that Vietnamese female entrepreneurs have to green growth and sustainable development.
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